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Alumnus Matthew McLendon Appointed Director and CEO of the McNay Art Museum

Published January 16, 2023
Matthew McLendon, photograph by Daniel Perales

Photo by Daniel Perales


FSU Art History alumnus Matthew McLendon (BA 2000) has been appointed Director and CEO of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, TX. McLendon will serve as the museum’s fourth director in its 68-year history.

After receiving Bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Music at Florida State University and his PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, McLendon served for six years as the curator of modern and contemporary art at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. In 2017 he was appointed the J. Sanford Miller Family Director and Chief Curator of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

From the McNay press release: “An energetic and influential leader, McLendon is widely recognized for his emphasis on community engagement and education, advocacy of cross-disciplinary programming and amplifying underrepresented and marginalized voices in the museum setting. McLendon will assume leadership duties at the McNay on February 13, 2023.”